despp: REMINDER: State Troopers Prepare for Labor Day Weekend Traffic Enforcement

{Connecticut State Police Patch}  
Department of Emergency Services &
Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Dr. Dora B. Schriro
Colonel Brian F. Meraviglia
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
August 29, 2014


Connecticut State Police Prepare for Labor Day Weekend,

Increased Traffic Volume Expected

Enforcement Efforts to Continue as School Bells Ring

   With heavy traffic is expected this Labor Day weekend, the Connecticut State Police remind motorists to  exercise caution and allow extra time to reach their destinations. It is estimated that the number of people traveling by automobile for the holiday period will increase in Connecticut and all of New England compared to last year.


   Connecticut State Troopers will be concentrating on enforcement of drunken driving, speeding, safety belt, and distracted driving laws during the entire Labor Day Weekend. Troopers will utilize both traditional and nontraditional patrol vehicles while watching for reckless and intoxicated drivers.  Troopers will man sobriety checkpoints and targeted patrols to intercept drunk drivers. 


   “The men and women of the State Police will continue to examine state roadways for those drivers who may pose a hazard to the general motoring public.  State Troopers are continually watchful and proactive while they vigilantly patrol our roads,”  said Dr. Dora B. Schriro, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, of which the State Police is a division.


   State Police Colonel Brian F. Meraviglia added, “As always, our Troopers will enhance safety of all roads and highways of Connecticut. We will be on alert for violators while we make every effort to protect all motorists and their passengers.”


   Enforcement efforts by the State Police will continue into the Fall as more than half-a-million children return to school across Connecticut. With many children typically walking or riding the bus to school, State Police remind ALL drivers to be especially vigilant watching for pedestrians during before- and after-school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children – over the last decade nationally, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 and 7 p.m.


   Troopers ask all motorists to slow down in school zones. It is also important – and it’s the law – for all motorists to stop for school busses displaying flashing red lights.


   The fine in Connecticut for passing a standing school bus is $465.


   The State Police ask that all citizens be our eyes and ears all across the state over the Labor Day holiday.  If you see a suspected drunk driver, call 911, as that is a true emergency!




   State Police will update the media and public on traffic enforcement throughout the Labor Day weekend.


2013 Labor Day Weekend STATS:

1,513 speeding violations

237 seat belt violations

3,513 other violations (hazardous moving, cell phone usage, etc.)

50 arrests for driving under the influence


Motor vehicle accidents that occurred:

259 total accidents
44 with injury
3 fatalities 



LT. J. Paul Vance



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